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Cocktails at the Conservatory – Oktoberfest

The best Oktoberfest biergarten is the botanical gardens. Celebrate during Cocktails at the Conservatory!

Two breweries are bringing their best German-style beers and a cidery has tasty fall ciders for guests to sample. Beyond the drinks, revelers will enjoy accordion music, trivia, themed performances and German food. Oktoberfest clothing and costumes are encouraged!

Cocktails at the Conservatory events are 5:30-9pm and strictly 21+. Advance reservations are required for all guests, including all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The Plan

Drinks Cranberry Apple Cider Mule is the specialty drink served from the cash bar. Beer and cider samples are available from local vendors.

Gemüt Biergarten:
-Sow of Sunna Marzen
-Golem Czech Pils

Mad Moon Hard Cider:
-Bad Blood Orange
-Eat A Peach

Crooked Can:
-Burgermeister (Oktoberfest)
-Cloud Chaser (Hefeweizen)
Eat Food options available:

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
The Cheesy Truck
Where It All Vegan
Conservatory Food Truck
Conservatory Garden Café
Music Ken & Mary’s Turbo Accordions Express brings an authentic flair to the event.
Oktoberfest Trivia Test your knowledge with Big Head Trivia.
Live Entertainers Balloon artists & stilt walkers from the Cincinnati Circus and illusionist Ace Cunnings will keep the fun going.
Fall Horticulture Oktoberfest is celebrated every fall. Learn more about our autumnal exhibition, Harvest Blooms, from Horticulture staff.
Oktoberfest Recipes Learn about German recipes taught during Conservatory culinary classes from Education staff.
Explore The entire Conservatory is open for you to explore after hours. Hang out with friends, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery in our beautiful green spaces.
Play Lawn games and activities will be available in the gardens.
Photo Booth Capture a memory with The Selfie Spot 614.


“With a Twist” Major Sponsor

 “Aperitif” Supporting Sponsors Cardinal Health

Thank you to our sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions


Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Designated parking spaces are available near the Main Entrance. Guests can be dropped off a short distance from the Main Entrance if necessary.

Service Animals are the only animals permitted at the Conservatory.

Please contact us with any specific accessibility concerns.

Are these events 21+?

Yes, these are cocktail party-style events where alcohol will be served. IDs required. These events are a special opportunity for adults to enjoy the Conservatory with their peers

Do I need to reserve tickets?

Yes, advance reservations are required for each event, including for all member levels and Monarchs. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Reservations will close at midnight the evening before the event date. Reservations may sell out before then! Reservations can be made on each event page. 

Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for Conservatory members (join now!).

Are refunds available?

No, tickets are final sale and non-refundable. This includes refunds for the weather as the events can be moved inside.

Please contact us with any issues.

Are these events weather dependent?

No, the entire indoor Conservatory is open during the events so they will not be canceled due to weather. Activities and vendors will be moved to rain locations if need be.

Refunds are not available due to weather.

What’s included in a reservation?

Access to the Conservatory’s indoor and outdoor experiences and current exhibitions. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at dark.

Activities are included with the cost of a ticket and do not require additional reservations.

Reservations also include alcohol samples from each alcohol vendor. Additional drinks can only be purchased from the designated cash bars. Food may be purchased from local food trucks on site.

Is there a dress code?

There is no formal dress code for this event. It is a cocktail party, and guests are encouraged to wear fun outfits, especially if they match the theme of the event.

Be sure to keep the weather in mind!

Are outside food or beverages permitted?

No, outside food and beverages will not be permitted. We kindly ask that you support the cash bar and local vendors.

Is there parking available?

Yes, the Conservatory has a free parking lot for guests located off of East Broad Street. Guests can also be dropped off or picked up in front of the Main Entrance. Please see our map.

If necessary, additional parking is available at the Franklin Park Adventure Center.